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On Saturday night Live's vital satire

The Presidential debates are an extremely important part of the election process. They allow constituents to see how the candidates answer tough questions and how they hold up against each other under the pressure of these questions.
Presidential candidates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democrat, and business and real estate mogul Donald Trump, Republican, went head-to-head in three debates over the course of the last month. The first was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., the second at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. and the third and final debate was held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The candidates spoke about many important issues in the debates, including abortion, foreign policy and immigration. But what has been most talked about is the unbelievably inappropriate ridiculousness that is Donald Trump.

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Sisters leaves you feeling Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's love

Doing activities with friends is always fun to do. A sense of familiarity is present, along with a sense of fun, for spending time with people who bring you happiness and laughter is the best gift there is. Everyone enjoys spending time with friends, from me to you to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
From their work as improv newbies to their time spent as sketchy comedy stars on Saturday Night Live to costarring in major motion pictures together, and even hosting the Golden Globes, this female pairing has not failed to bring us to tears in laughter, while staying true to their friendship.

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Halsey and Melanie: the new faces of alternative pop

The alternative music scene has given birth to two new budding songstresses within the past few years. The careers of Halsey and Melanie Martinez have grown extensively due to their unique images, honest music and intriguing personalities. Both of these artists have the potential to reach alternative music stardom similar to those of Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine and Marina and the Diamonds.
Melanie has established her career around her childhood persona. Her debut album Crybaby is a concept album based on a part of her. Melanie has described Crybaby as the imperfect and insecure version of her that has grown more confident as her music career has progressed. Melanie’s alternatives style utilizes childhood toys and sounds mixed with hip-hop inflections. Her appearance with many multi-colored wigs and heavy make-up help Melanie play the role of Crybaby as long as the album’s era is alive.

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Joe's Albums must- stop shop for vinyl collectors and music fans in Worcester

When I was a sophomore in high school, my dad bought me my first album on vinyl. Granted, I did not own a turntable until almost two years later. Nevertheless, there is something to be said about the pure satisfaction of having The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions hanging on my wall patiently waiting for the day that it could finally be played. I mean, none of my friends even knew who Elvis Costello was, let alone owned anything on vinyl. Admittedly, once I got my hands on my dad’s CD collection my freshman year of high school, I might have turned into a bit of a music snob. Although my openness to other genres and recent releases has increased over the years (except still not country, sorry Grandma) my love of vinyl is something that has not.

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Lady Gaga inhabits anither winning persona on the chameleonic Joanne

No, it’s not a perfect illusion; Lady Gaga’s new album Joanne is that listenable. Released on October 21, 2016, Joanne is Gaga’s fifth studio album. The album deviates from Gaga’s usual pop sound, described by The Telegraph as “Americana-style blues and rock.” Out of the 14 songs, many draw inspiration from Gaga’s late aunt, Joanne Germanotta, who passed away in 1974 at the age of 19.
Joanne’s influence on Gaga’s music is very prevalent; the sound is very different in comparison to previous albums like ARTPOP. Gaga takes on the persona of her aunt to make the sound more relatable. In an interview with MTV, Gaga describes her music as “human.” In an interview with the publication, she said, “On this record I’m my father’s daughter, I’m my mother’s daughter, I’m my sister’s sister, I’m my friend’s friend. I’m my grandmother’s granddaughter.”

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Wizarding's newest franchise: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Grab your brooms and wave your wands because Warner Bros. Studios is about to release the first installment of the new magical series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In her screenwriting debut, author J.K. Rowling wrote the script for the new movie based on her book of the same title. The book first appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Rowling later published the fictional text to raise money for charity.
Adapting a textbook into a series of movies is no small task, but veteran Harry Potter director David Yates is no stranger to the Wizarding World. After successfully directing the last four Harry Potter movies, which collectively earned over $2.5 billion at the box office, Yates is familiar with the magical world and collaborating with Rowling to create a mesmerizing cinematic experience that stays true to the author’s creative works.

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Bob Dylan awarded Noble Prize for Literature

Perhaps one of the greatest victories in the music world occurred on October 13. Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is the first musician in history to be awarded the Prize. This completely redefines the definition of literature and gives poetry a completely different connotation.
Literature is not limited to words written within the binding of a book. Music is simply poetry put to music, and if you’ve ever taken a listen to Bob Dylan’s music, you’ll find that it’s just that: poetry put to music.
His musical style isn’t particularly complex; often, he stays within a few select chords that he colors with short harmonica riffs to bridge verses to refrains. But the beauty is in the simplicity because it forces you to listen to the words. He often uses metaphors and vivid imagery to convey what he’s trying to say. Dylan’s lyrics are a lot to unpack, but his voice has a sort of mesmerizing tone to it that is only lifted by the chords following it.

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MTV hosts its annual Video Music Awards in the Year of Beyonce

MTV’s Video Music Awards returned to TV on August 28, making the move to Madison Square Garden for it’s 33 show. A star-studded white carpet, outrageous fashion and killer live performances dominated the screen at this celebration of pop culture and music.

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Song of the Summer

What kind of music did you listen to this summer? Was it Drake’s newest release? Maybe Blink-182’s new album? Regardless, lots of great hits were released this summer and made for perfect music to listen to while at the beach, working out or even just hanging out with friends. Out of all of these songs however, one sticks out in particular.
The famous Justin Timberlake’s (otherwise known as JT) released his “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” which has been properly crowned ‘Song of the Summer’. Throughout the last couple of months, this toe-tapping song can be heard just about anywhere. It’s playing in the mall, on the radio and at just about any summer get-together. From a personal experience of spending the day at Hampton Beach, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” was heard a total of seven different times from varying Bose speakers, with ecstatic beachgoers jumping up to dance and sing along.

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What TV show did you binge on this summer?

I never thought I would get emotional looking at a box of Eggos. But last week, standing in the frozen food section of Target, that exact thing happened. I blame the Duffer Brothers.
Yes, this article is about Stranger Things, because let’s be honest, it was one of the biggest and best hits of the summer. If you haven’t watched it yet, I hope this will convince you to do so. It had me nostalgic for a decade when I wasn’t even alive, and it made me feel every emotion on the spectrum. It’s amazing.

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